Midweek Nudge #58

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude”

— Oprah Winfrey

Hi there!

Here’s your gentle nudge to make your week more interesting, thoughtful and productive. You can always talk to me more about these ideas by replying to this email.

The Hangover Of Long-Term Games

To the uninitiated, long-term games are when you leave temporary checkpoints and focus on spread-out growth. You start to think in second-order, which is a super complex way to say: you try to predict how your decisions will affect your future. A good example is working out regularly without an agenda. It’s a just-because activity. You do it because it’s good for you overall.

However, there’s a catch that I’m only beginning to notice. When you double down on making only long-term choices, you often fail to see the short-term problems with things. In a way, you condition yourself that since everything is about the long-term, everything is worth holding out for. It takes me much longer than most of my friends to see something going sour in my life. To me, it simply doesn’t matter because it’s too short-sighted.

That’s because my default way to think is about almost everything is that it takes time for the good stuff to show up and that most effort is worth it. That’s the hangover of long-term games. You fail to see the short-term issues with situations. You can’t notice toxic situations as quickly as most others until you look consciously.

As with everything, it’s all about balance. If you’re someone who prefers long-term pursuits in life, maybe change perspective sometimes to see which situations are worth sticking your neck out for and which you can easily give up without much harm to you.

Not everything is worth walking the longest mile.

What’s On My Mind?

Growth is of two kinds: change or compounding. In any situation, we choose either to flip our ways and perspective or we decide to double-down. Both are correct. It just depends on how people choose. The effects, however, are different. When you change yourself or your ways, you disturb the status quo. That is, everything else in your life problem or otherwise is affected by the same change. On the other hand, if you double-down, nothing else changes but often, the problem takes more effort to solve.

I hope this added some value to your week. Stay safe, stay inspired, and I’ll talk to you next week.


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